Abelia ‘Edward Goucher’

glossy abelia

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Outstanding Qualities

An extended bloom time – from summer into late autumn – of tubular, 1/2 inch-long, soft pink flowers provides beauty and pollinator sustenance. The glossy leaves emerge with a red tinge in springtime and mature to dark green on a multi-stemmed shrub with upright gracefully arching branches.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: vase-shaped shrub

Foliage Type: semi-evergreen

Plant Height: 6 ft. 0 in. (1.83 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 5 ft. 0 in. (1.52 meters)

Plant Height-Mature: 6 ft. 0 in. (1.83 meters)

Plant Width-Mature: 6 ft. 0 in. (1.83 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 7 to 9

Flower Color: pink

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun to light shade

Water Requirements: occasional watering or regularly for more lush growth and flowers

Seasonal Interest: early summer to late autumn flowers

Wildlife Associations: bees

Resistant to: deer

Culture Notes
Plant ‘Edward Goucher’ in full sun or light shade for the best flowering. Plants prefer rich well-drained soil, but will tolerate poor compacted soils and clay. Water occasionally - every 10 to 14 days during dry periods or regularly - once per week - for more lush growth. Abelia grows by producing strong upright arching canes that will flower heavily over the first three to four years. Allow these strong growing arching canes to grow and selectively prune out the older twiggy branches near the ground.
Geek Notes
'Edward Goucher' is a hybrid between Abelia x grandiflora (a hybrid itself of Abelia chinensis x A. uniflora) and the Chinese species Abelia schumannii. Introduced in 1911 by Edward Goucher of the US Department of Agriculture in Glen Dale, Maryland.